Defensive Quotation Kayvon Thibodeaux, the No. 1 rated prospect of the 2019 class, was taken to Oregon on Saturday, selecting the angels over Alabama, Florida and Florida State.
"Mario Cristobal is a good guy. Home visit, he really moved, my mom loved him," said Thibodeaux when he announced his decision on ESPN. "[I] can take over the defense. You can be the best man, the greatest man, that's my goal."
6-foot defensive and £ 5,234 pound from Westlake Village in California is The first top rated Oregon view has landed since ESPN started its ranking in 2009.
Thibodeaux gives coaching staff 10 commitments from ESPN 300 and adds an excellent defensive pull in this class to continue with Mykael Wright No. 1
Oregon now has six ESPN 300 commitments from the state of California in this class.
Thibodeaux took a unique approach to his recruitment as he tried to make the most of every visit to weigh things outside of football.
Visiting Alabama, he took time to see the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members in the 60's. On an unofficial visit to Florida State, he visited nearby Florida A & M in Tallahassee and toured the University's archives focusing on African-American contributions to politics, science, education, athletics and more.
"I know that these schools have a good [football] program, but I think more student athletes should go to the story," said Thibodeaux. "There is a lot of history in the football world and the university world, so every time I go to a place where I have the opportunity to learn a story, I like it. "
He has also thought of his life after football and already has a plan once he finishes his play career.
" I want to go into journalism. I want to be a commentator, "said Thibodeaux." I have a good voice for the camera and a big personality, so I think it would be a good fit for me. "
His recruitment has taken some turns and schools jockeying for to place him but the coach Mario Cristobal and his staff now have the highest recruitment associated and will be signed when the early signing period opens December 19th.
During Cristobal, Oregon recruitment has ended, with 21 ESPN 300 commitments in 2018 and 2019 classes, which are three more than the ducks had combined from 2013 to 2017.
Prior to Thibodeaux's commitment, Oregon had Class No. 6 in the ESPN Class Ratings.